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Hey y’all, I’ve been working on a trailer my dad bought at auction. Previous owner backed over the tongue and bent everything out of alignment then just let it sit in his yard.

Since it came into our care I have pulled off the axle and welded new spring seats for an axle flip, gotten slightly larger tires, started removing
the wiring, and pulled the tongue.

The new tongue im putting on is actually 2 feet longer and is being reinforced by 2x2 angle running from the front crossmember with the plan being to add some stiffening farther back. The trailers only purpose is hauling a few 14’ kayaks ad maybe a couch.

I’m definitely not a painter so now I’m trying to figure out how to make it pretty. The paint is pretty sh***y and there’s surface rust on a lot of places.

Have any of y’all ever tried wet sand blasting? I can get an adapter for my pressure washer a lot cheaper than I can a big enough air compressor to run one. Do I need to worry about flash rust or if I let it dry and prime it is that an issue?

I’m wanting to just have someone blast it for me but finding a place around where I live without having to load the frame onto my trailer and haul it away is proving to be a pain.



Current and as it sat when we bought it

Edit: Not sure why the post put that picture towards the top but idk how to fix it so sorry

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Just hit it with a sander. Then wipe it down with naptha or similar. A coat of Rust-Oleum rusty metal primer, wait 24 hours, then a coat or two of gloss black. Done.
 

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It looks like a lot of those surface rust areas are not very easy to sand. I would use a rust converter and a paint brush to coat the whole thing. Let it dry real good then paint it with a textured black color. I'm personally not a fan of high gloss paints on rough surfaces, but to each his own.
 

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It looks like a lot of those surface rust areas are not very easy to sand. I would use a rust converter and a paint brush to coat the whole thing. Let it dry real good then paint it with a textured black color. I'm personally not a fan of high gloss paints on rough surfaces, but to each his own.
I’m planning on a matte gray or black. I’m just super OCD


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I’m planning on a matte gray or black. I’m just super OCD


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You could always use one hand on the water hose while you use a regular media blaster in the other hand.
 

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Look at my thread for my running boards. I forget the name of the stuff, but it is used with waterblasting and coats the metal to prevent flash rust. You can sand it/paint over it.
 

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Look at my thread for my running boards. I forget the name of the stuff, but it is used with waterblasting and coats the metal to prevent flash rust. You can sand it/paint over it.
I’ll have to try from my computer later on mobile I can only see one thing and it was talking about fluid film, I’m assuming (I may be wrong) that is not what you were referring to.


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I’ll have to try from my computer later on mobile I can only see one thing and it was talking about fluid film, I’m assuming (I may be wrong) that is not what you were referring to.


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I looked it up, see post 116. I don't have a pic of the running boards with it on, i forgot, but it is like a grey gritty finish. It is called HOLD TIGHT.
 

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It looks like a lot of those surface rust areas are not very easy to sand. I would use a rust converter and a paint brush to coat the whole thing. Let it dry real good then paint it with a textured black color. I'm personally not a fan of high gloss paints on rough surfaces, but to each his own.
X2! A bit late to comment, but I suggest using POR 15 products. Sandable, hold up well over time, and pretty easy to work with.
 

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Hey guys, for anyone who may care I just thought I should post an update. I found a guy (vouched for by a friend) that gave me a very reasonable offer to properly sand blast and powder coat the entire thing. I am currently working out transport arrangements as I have to take it aways down the road and I had to remove all of the lighting.

Some of you discerning gentlemen may have noted that the front still isnt quite re-squared unfortunately I don't have the time or equipment to get it perfectly back in shape without risking severe bodily injury or worse... having my mother yell at me. Just in case I want yall to know it pisses me off every time I look at it lol.

A little slow working but I was in Texas last week and Washington (state) this past week.

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Thanks for looking!
 
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